Friday, December 7, 2018

Homeschool Preschool: 5 Senses

Taste test

I started our 5 senses lessons with a taste test.  Understand that Bailey does not like to try new things, but she was all about this taste test and took it very seriously.  Also to my happy surprise, this was the first time she'd tried celery with peanut butter and she liked it!  (I know its not the prettiest cupcake pan in the world.)

smelly tray

For smell, I put together a smell-a-thon tray.  I included a couple of candles, soap, lotion, coffee, vanilla extract, cinnamon and garlic.  She separated them into smells she liked and smells she didn't like.

touch and texture

Next we did touch.  I keep these tissue boxes for activities and crafts.  For this activity I put different textured materials in the boxes and blindfolded her and let her reach in each box and try to describe to me what she was feeling.  It was a good time to discuss different words for different types of textures.  I used a plastic bag in one, sand paper in another, bumpy packing paper in the 3rd and fuzzy paper I got from the Dollar Tree in the last.

I Spy

For sight we played this I Spy game that we got from an Arby's happy meal a long time ago.

sound test

For sound I filled four eggs with different objects and had her shake them, listen and pick which group she thought it sounded like.


We ended the lessons with some worksheets I pulled from a workbook I picked up 2nd hand.

Next week we will do a short lesson with fairies as our theme and then we will get into Letter G themed activities. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Homeschool Preschool: Fish

fish worksheets

I spread our worksheets out through the week.  They included, number tracing, cut and paste and letter recognition worksheets.

fish exploration

We explored our fish theme a little with some of our fish toys and wildlife cards.  I also found a few videos on Youtube for her to watch.

fish face play-doh

fish face activity

She made some fish faces with some play-doh.

Finding Dory coloring book

She got to color in her Finding Dory coloring book.

Go Fish card game

Let's Go Fishin' game

We also played a couple of games, Go Fish and the Let's Go Fishin' game.  I've decided to start adding games in our lessons because she's had a little trouble with self control and sharing.  Playing games can help her with both of these and will also help with following rules, logic, problem solving, and so much more.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Homeschool Preschool: Flowers and Thanksgiving

flower worksheets

We kept our schooling fairly limited this week because of the holiday.  A few worksheets to start us off.

sticker flower garden

Then she created a flower garden with construction paper and stickers.

family turkey craft

Last we did a family turkey craft.  We each traced our hands and cut them out and glued them together to create our turkey feathers.

Next week we our theme will be fish.  

Friday, November 16, 2018

Homeschool Preschool: Firefighter

A Day in the Life of a Firefighter

We covered the community helper-firefighter previously in our Tot School lessons which can be found here, so this was really just a review lesson.

We started with A Day in the Life of a Firefighter book.

Thank you Firefighter worksheet

Then Bailey drew a picture for our local firefighters, which we will be delivering soon.  This worksheet can be found here.

We also went over our family plan for if there was a fire. 

firefighter playtime

And finally, I set up a little firefighter themed playtime for her.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Homeschool Preschool: Farm

We did another farm theme for our homeschool preschool.  I say another because we did a much more elaborate version during her tot schooling.  And you will see some of the same things here.  To see that version, however, just click this link.

counting worksheets

We started with some worksheets as usual.  The first was on counting.

adding elements worksheet

The next was adding elements to the picture.

Sing, read, learn Farm Animals

Next we read a short book about farm animals that I picked up from the Dollar Tree.

sticker book

We also finished up a farm themed sticker book that I also picked up at the Dollar Tree.  Bailey loves sticker books and I pick them up any time I see them.  These sticker books are great for logic skills and for fine motor skills.

farm words activity

word puzzle cards

 Then I put together a word cards activity for her.  I have these word puzzle cards that I picked up from a second hand shop.  I took out ones that related to our theme and added the animal toys to match as well as the letters to spell out the words.

Old McDonald

After that we sang Old McDonald Had a Farm while she played the guitar, using toys that went with the song. 

farm sensory bin

And last, I put together a little farm themed sensory bin for her to play with.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Preschool Homeschool: Frogs

letter F worksheets

This week Bailey got to learn about frogs.  I had a few letter F worksheets with a bit of a frog themed for her to start out with.

Froggy Plays T-Ball by Jonathan London

Next we read the story, Froggy Plays T-Ball by Jonathan London.

Pond Life and Tadpole and Frog

Then for our non-fiction selection, we read Pond Life and Tadpole and Frog.

Frog Wildlife cards

Our Wildlife cards included a few cards for us to look at.

froggy dot-to-dot

Then Bailey did a froggy dot-to-dot.

frog game

Last we played a game with our flip frogs.  The goal was to flip our frog to the water (glass beads).

Next week we will be doing Farm activities followed by Firefighter activities the following week.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Homeschool Preschool: Halloween Activities

Halloween themed books

Halloween themed books for kids

Halloween is a favorite for our family so it was no surprise, the selection of books we had available for our theme this last week.

design your Jack-o-lantern

Our worksheets included a pumpkin counting sheet, a design your Jack-o-lantern sheet...

My Autumn Colors book

...a My Autumn Colors do-it-yourself book...

Halloween house sheet

...a haunted house with pocket creatures...

local paper's fun page

...and I added our local paper's fun page as well.

Pick a Pumpkin letter sound game

Our activities included our Pumpkin letter sound game.

Pumpkin paint prints

pumpkin printing

We also did a little paint printing with some pumpkin shaped cookie cutters.

Halloween themed coloring books

I offered a selection of Halloween themed coloring books.

Halloween shadows

We then had some fun with shadows using our flashlight.

Halloween themed stamp making

DIY Halloween stamps

And last but not least, we made some Halloween themed stamps using stickers and bottle caps.

Before I end this post, I had someone ask where I get my worksheets.  Some are from workbooks that I pick up at the Dollar Tree.  Others that I pick up from 2nd hand shops.  Some I make myself.  My mother used to work for Head Start and I have a lot of her old books.  Really, where ever I can find them.  I rarely print only because I don't currently have a working printer at home.  That is something that I do plan to rectify soon, however.  And when I do, I will post links to where I print from.